Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh: Schools and colleges to open this November

The Government of Tamil Nadu has permitted to open schools, colleges, and research institutes from Nov. 16, 2020.

Schools and colleges in most countries have been closed due to the corona curfew. All schools and colleges in India have been closed for the past several months due to the corona’s widespread. Streets have been limited to various restrictions. In a few states, schools have been re-licensed with various constraints.

In Tamil Nadu and Andhrapradesh, schools and colleges have been closed so far. Thus, the question has arisen among students and parents about when schools and colleges will reopen in Tamil Nadu.

In this situation, the Government of Tamil Nadu released a statement. It says it approved to open schools, colleges, and research institutes with various restrictions set up due to COVID-19. More importantly, schools will be opened from 9th to 12th grade in Tamil Nadu. Children who study below 8th grade will not be allowed to enter schools.

No constraints in Tamil Nadu

The lockout has been in place for more than five months due to the widespread of the COVID-19 disease. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has permitted all but a few specific matters. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said in an official release relaxation for the lockdown, which will be in force till Nov. 30. The SOP should be followed, Palaniswami said, adding the relaxations do not apply to containment zones.

In addition to that, from Nov. 10, cinema theatres with 50% of seats will be allowed to open. Apart from this, the Tamil Nadu government has also permitted suburban train service, the statement said. Swimming pools, beaches, and tourist places would continue to be out of bounds for people.

Andhra Pradesh to break lockout restrictions

Even though Andhra Pradesh has reported 2,783 new COVID-19 cases, they are likely to break lockdown restrictions. Presently, there are 8,23,348 COVID-19 cases. There are around 24,575 active cases and 7,92,083 recovered cases.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh, the nearest state to Tamil Nadu, also announced reopening the schools from Nov. 2, 2020. As per the statement received, it is said that each classroom would have only 16 students. The state also published an extension of the academic year 2020-2021 till April 31, 2021.

The Ministry of outer affairs directed the state to reestablish the schools in a phased manner. The schools would be functioning on alternate days. The Commissioner of School Education told the primary school children would be likely to affect COVID-19, so the government had determined to recommend the classes of Grade 1 to Grade 5 from Dec. 14, 2020.

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